The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic failed to stop MTV from hosting the annual Music Video Awards. However, to promote social alienation, the event will be held in various locations around New York City.
BTS has been announced as one of the show’s performers alongside Doja Cat and J Balvin. The K-pop group will also perform from a distance from Korea. While fans won’t be able to see BTS stand shoulder to shoulder with other stars, the fandom seems to be delighted with the idea that BTS filmed their performances back home. There’s a surprising reason for this, so read on to find out what it is.
BTS will perform their new English single ‘Dynamite’
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In July, BTS announced that they will be releasing a single titled “Dynamite” on August 21. Unlike their previous singles, this single will be in English.
“We are preparing an album for the second half of this year, but decided to release a single first because we wanted to reach out to fans as soon as possible,” BTS said in a live stream, according to Billboard. . “Thanks to COVID-19, people all over the world have had a hard time and we want to share some positive energy with our fans.”
Shortly after, Big Hit Entertainment revealed that BTS will perform “Dynamite” at MTV VMAs via a Twitter calendar detailing the song’s promotion schedule. Korean news outlets have also reported that, although BTS will promote their songs in the US, they will perform from afar.
The surprising reason fans rejoice is that BTS will perform from afar at the VMAs
However, it seems that many fans are not sad that BTS will perform their songs from afar. In fact, they seem delighted. This is because BTS fans have long complained about filming at US awards ceremonies. K-pop fans are accustomed to watching footage on Korean TV channels, which focuses more on choreography. Meanwhile, American programs often interrupt the shows for viewers to watch.
One fan wrote on Reddit: “In addition to being the safest option for everyone involved, we also get good shots and no audience footage.
Meanwhile, another said, “Now they can be safe and still show America how BTS perform when they have their own production stage and great cameras.”
BTS fans have also called for VMAs for alleged xenophobia
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While introducing their new song to a large audience seems like a positive thing for BTS, some fans are not overly excited at the VMAs.
Last year, K-pop fans called for VMAs for creating a K-pop category instead of just nominating BTS in larger categories like “Artist of the Year” or “Video of the Year”.
This year, fans continued to go crazy about VMAs for keeping their K-pop category and again, not nominating BTS in the major categories despite the fact that they can outrank popular artists. like Billie Eilish, Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber.
In addition, fans also believe that BTS should have been nominated for their “Best Isolation Performance” for their virtual concert, “Bang Bang Con The Live”, which is watched by more than 700,000 residents. 107 area.
A Twitter user said: “The fact that BTS repeatedly removes major categories like video / SOTY / AOTY in these Western countries shows that IS xenophobic.” “They have the same number (if not more) and have the same industry impact as all other artists but are not looked down on because they are Korean.”
Another fan tweeted, “’Bang Bang Con’ was not nominated for best isolation performance we had 750,000 live viewership and Guinness world record breaking… .. this is really xenophobia ”.
However, some fans pointed out that, since “Bang Bang Con The Live” is a paid performance, it may not qualify for the “Best Isolator Performance” category. . Either way, fans seem to agree that BTS will continue to fight for fair treatment in the American music industry.